Show your $400 and below bass gems!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ggvicviper, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Fender, EBMM, Rickenbacker, BSX. I'm Marc! Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    Despite loving more pricey gear, many of us love cheap gear. Let's face it - we love a good bargain and a great deal. Some on TB just don't understand why we love these instruments. So let's show those basses that you got a great deal on, rescued, or just plain love for under $400 - used or new! Tribute to the cheapies!

    Here's my $190 ($215 with the shipping) love - my '87 Yamaha RBX-5. Aside from the oxidizing gold hardware, it's in nice condition. Beautiful transparent red over ash body. I took this to the beach with my girlfriend and her family a few weeks ago. Played through a Micro Cube Battery amp, and I got all sorts of compliments (both on my playing and on my sound).

  2. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    I have a first re-issue Korean Dano Longhorn . It's become the bass I gig with the most . I still have a bunch of others that are mostly new or vintage name basses , but the Dano gets gigged the most . I just enjoy playing the cheap little thing .


    I got it new for $200. when they were blowing out the last of them .
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  3. bronsonelliott


    Apr 14, 2011
    Fender Standard p-bass. $300

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  4. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Atk500- Put probably another $450 into it.


    SX J - Never should have gotten rid of. One of the best basses I've owned.


    This was a super cool Ibanez. More P than a P


    One of the best fretless basses I've owned. Guy I sold it to is now a friend.


    Another awesome Ibanez. My guitar player buddy has it now so I get to play from time to time.

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  5. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K. Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2003
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  6. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Fender, EBMM, Rickenbacker, BSX. I'm Marc! Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    Awesome! Really like both the P and the Dano.

    EDIT: Jetstar looks awesome too!
  7. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    What is this bass?

    (And do the screws around the outside holde the body together?)
  8. digi


    Jun 30, 2010
    New Hampshire
    I got my '89 lefty MIJ medium scale pbass for $200

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  9. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    Looks like a Hagstrom
  10. jmlee

    jmlee Catgut? Not funny. Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Yup. Hagstrom Futurama.
  11. And here they are (again!)
    Squier VM P ($279 new):
    Squier VM J (($299 new):
    Both superb basses, worth every penny and a whole lot more.
  12. PDGood

    PDGood Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    Ibanez SRX3EXQM
    Used for $199

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  13. Five String

    Five String Supporting Member

    Ibanez SR495 $290 with case. I put the pickguard on it to cover a divot a prior owner put there.

    Squier VM Jazz fretless, $200 with case. This is an ebay picture before I put the cream pickguard on it so it looked different from everyone else's.

    I think both basses are fantastic.

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  14. Ibanez ATK 750

    $380 Off CL

    Beautiful Koa top with an amazing feel and sound to it. Plus With that 5 way switch I can get basically any tone I'll ever need. Now if only it was a 5er.......or even a 6........ This bass in a 6 string would be a dream.


  15. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    Squier Vintage Modified 70's Jazz, new $299. Squier Classic Vibe 50's P I picked up "used" off of Craigslist (it was virtually new) - for 220 bucks ;)
    I bought the Jazz as a "backup" for my Carvin BB-75. I now find I play it most of all. At the time I wanted the CV 50's P, but it was more money. Then found this one on CL. I have the P set up with D'A Chromes flatwounds.

  16. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Fender, EBMM, Rickenbacker, BSX. I'm Marc! Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    I'm not a huge Ibanez guy (though I own one), but these are really cool. How much did you pay for that red Ibanez? What model is it?
  17. Subbed, cheap basses rule. I should get some pics of mine :p

  18. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Fender, EBMM, Rickenbacker, BSX. I'm Marc! Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    Actually, since I mentioned my Ibanez, I should bring this to the table:


    Ibanez Destroyer Bass DT-650, from 1983. Though I rarely take it out, it's a real nice find for $250 - $275ish with tax.
  19. 1980-ish Aria Pro II CSB-450

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    I've got a thing for medium scale basses and I couldn't resist this when it came up on eBay. Somebody must've received it as a gift and never picked it up, because it's in minty condition and came with original case candy and a made in USA strap (!) still sealed. A little high priced at $399, but it's basically brand new.
  20. Dluxe

    Dluxe Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    A few years back I found a Bass Collection 5 string at a pawn shop for $99! I played it at a gig the next night and they are very underrated basses. Made In Japan with Gotoh tuners and bridge and active pickups. 19mm spacing at the bridge too.